Byzantine Hand Grenade with Impressed Circular Designs


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Object Description

A Byzantine earthenware hand grenade featuring a hollow globular body with a pointed base. To the top, the vessel rises into a short neck and splays out slightly into a thick rim with a small mouth. This allowed the item to be filled with an explosive liquid known as ‘Greek fire’ and used as a hand grenade in battle. The mouth would have also accommodated a fuse to instigate the explosion. As typical for Byzantine grenades, this piece displays geometric patterns to its upper outer surface. A band of impressed circular shapes feature horizontally across the body. The grenade is further decorated with concentric bands below the grip.

Stand is for reference only.

Date: Circa 9th-11th century AD

Object History

From a collection of a North London gentleman, latterly with a London gallery.

Object Condition

Good condition, earthy encrustations remain on the surface. Minor chips to the rim and body.

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:7.7 x H:12.5 x D:8.7 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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